It is with great pleasure to welcome my good friend and a respected watch expert, Mr Su Jia Xian to be a guest blogger of WatchingHorology.com.
Jia Xian's handle is SJX and he is the moderator of the Daniel Roth Forum at ThePurists.com. Those who know SJX personally have discovered that his relative youth belies his maturity in the field of horology and he is respected by brand managers, authorised dealers and fellow collectors. I am sure that his participation here will be most welcomed by visitors here as he will give this blog a different perspective as well as covering other aspects of the industry which I am sure will be appreciated by fans of this blog. I personally look forward to his participation and information he will be sharing with us here.
WELCOME JIA XIAN!
Julian Peh of Goldarths published a wonderfully written review of traveller's watches which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend it heartily to visitors here. Especially for those, like myself - who have a penchant for watch complications for travellers. The article comprehensively covers the different types and styles of travelling watches with beautiful photos and will prove to be a great read for both novices as well as afficinados.
Highly Recommended Reading! To read it, click the link below (Do note that you need to register at the site to access the report).Fine Mechanical Watches for the Frequent Traveler Goldarths Review - The Online Luxury Magazine
- a French magazine covering the watch industry recently conducted an interesting survey/poll about the management of watch businesses. It surveyed 75 key-journalists from 21 different countries giving their opinion on the best bosses in the watch industry. Many will find the results as unsurprising - at least for me - and my personal congratulations to all of them.
Here are the results of the survey of the best managers of year 2006:
BEST MANAGER OF THE YEAR
- Jean-Claude Biver (Hublot)
- Jérome Lambert ( Jaeger-LeCoultre).
- Georges Kern ( IWC)
BEST COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR
- Jean-Claude Biver, (Hublot)
- Thierry Nataf (Zenith).
- Georges Kern (IWC) and Jean-Christophe Babin (TAG Heuer) (both ranked equally)
BEST INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
- François-Paul Journe (F.-P. Journe)
- Jérôme Lambert (Jaeger-LeCoultre) and Jean-Christophe Babin (TAG Heuer) (both ranked equally).
- Max Büsser (MB&F) and Richard Mille (Richard Mille) (both ranked equally)
To read the report CLICK HERE
(note that the report is in French only)
After managing to find a few spare hours I finally completed the post processing of the DB22 images. I was rather surprised how well the images turned out and in all fairness, the quality of the final published images are reflective of the quality of the watch in real life.
David Zanetta (the CEO of DeBethune shown above modeling the DB22 for me) shared with me that in the DB22 the manufacture of this particular titanium dial is very costly and almost as much as the movement itself. I do like the clever hands as well as the dial as they give DeBethune an altogether different look. Since 2005, DeBethune has embarked on the design and production of extreme timepieces, expanding from their earlier range of understated classic designs.
With the trend to extreme designs for watches, I am sure that DeBethune will succeed in capturing that segment of the market with these watches.
Over this weekend I happily spent countless hours photographing and processing (finished only round one of editing out the unwanted images and just beginning to process the rest) my images of this rare never seen before in Singapore - Finnish watch by Stepan Sarpaneva. A young up and coming watch maker with a penchant for design. Here is the composite of the first images I completed. I expect to have the rest of the images and montages published within the week (time permitting of course).
This watch is a breath of fresh air for me. Imaginative case design, wonderfully original winding crown, northern and southern hemisphere moon phases. Hand made and assembled by Stepan Sarpaneva himself.
Wait till you see the case back. Yet another clever innovation. Come back soon to see it!